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P O S I T I V E W O R D S
Editor: Peter Wade
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... helping you discover who you really are!
IN THIS ISSUE...
1. "In Christ" seminars
2. New this month!
3. Songs I Remember
4. Positive Words for Today
5. Searchlights from the Word
6. Bible Study Outlines
1. "IN CHRIST" SEMINARS AUGUST 2000
Registrations close *** July 31st ***
CLEVELAND, OH (Aug.11-13)
PETALUMA, CA (Aug.18-20)
SEATTLE/TACOMA, WA (Aug.25-27)
"If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has
gone, the new has come!" (II Corinthians 5:17 NIV)
2. NEW THIS MONTH
FOR YOU TO READ ...
We are pleased to announce the latest book from Peter Wade, titled
"Renewing Your Mind" (Positive Principles Book 3). Entired revised and
reset from the first edition of 1979 (long out of print), this 21st
anniversary edition is in a new format but still packed with some of
the most powerful truth you will read. See the full details at our
FOR YOU TO LISTEN ...
"Living is Giving" by Peter Wade -- the second session of this
series. Based on Proverbs 11:24, "One gives away, and still he grows
the richer; another keeps what he should give, and is the poorer"
(Moffatt). We are either giving or grasping! Session two discusses the
second part of the verse, "What Is The Alternative?". Listen online
< http://www.peterwade.com/modules.php?name=zina > (26:36). The first part,
"Cast Your Bread" (Eccl. 11:1) is still online for you to study.
3. SONGS I REMEMBER
This month's song is the last written by Philip P. Bliss, who died in
a train accident at the age of 38. Over 100 people died when a
railroad bridge in Ohio collapsed on 29th December 1876. The
manuscript of the song was found at the crash site in Bliss'
belongings. He was associated with evangelists such as Moody and
Whittle, and wrote hundreds of songs, many of which are still firm
I will sing of my Redeemer and His wondrous love to me,
On the cruel cross He suffered, from the curse to set me free.
Sing, O sing of my Redeemer, with His blood He purchased me;
On the cross He sealed my pardon, paid the debt, and made me free.
I will tell the wondrous story, how my lost estate to save,
In His boundless love and mercy, He the ransom freely gave.
I will praise my dear Redeemer, His triumphant power I'll tell,
How the victory He giveth, over sin and death and hell.
I will sing of my Reedeemer, and His heavenly love to me,
He from death to life hath brought me, Son of God with Him to be.
4. A POSITIVE WORD FOR TODAY (Peter Wade)
HOW TO TUNE IN TO GOD
"Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10a).
These eight words in the Psalms that have wrapped within them a
significant truth worthy of our interest and study as New Creation
people. Does this read "Be stirred and feel that I am God," or "Be
startled and fear that I am God" or "Pray and know that I am God" or
"Read my Word and know that I am God"? No, God tells me to be still
and to know He is God.
God wrote those words knowing that in today's world we would be
chasing all over the place, busier than a bee, and would tune into the
television as soon as we walked in the door. I can see how easy it is
to miss God in our midst and God's watchful care over us. If I go
charging on my own way, is it any wonder I fail to get the results
that God's Word promises?
God's command is clear. To tune into His guidance He wants us to
do two things: (1) Be still and (2) know that I am God. There is
nothing wrong in being still; there is nothing wrong in knowing. And
brought together these two actions produce an evidence of God in our
If I want to tap into the unlimited resources of God, I need to get
still, to get quiet, and recognize the guidance God freely offers me.
God showers guidance upon me every moment of the day if I will only be
still and listen. (From "You Are A New Creation", Chapter 3, adapted
by Hildy Matthews.)
AFFIRMATION: Today I will make a conscious effort to tune into God by
*** Australian Bible Conference ***
JANUARY 5-11, 2001 (Fri-Thur)
At Halls Gap, Victoria, Australia, with group tour from USA.
Don't get cabin fever! Come and enjoy summer "down under".
Our speakers: Dr. Norman Campbell, Dr. Peter Wade. Motel-
style accommodation in the beautiful Grampian Mountains
of western Victoria, Australia.
5. SEARCHLIGHTS FROM THE WORD
G. Campbell Morgan was a well-known preacher and writer of over 60
books from the first half of the 20th century. In this spot each issue
we reproduce a comment from one verse in every chapter of the Bible.
We continue with Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians.
"Ye turned... to serve... and to wait" (I Thessalonians 1:9,10)
This letter is full of interest because it is certainly among the
first of those which have been preserved for us from the pen of Paul.
It was the first he wrote to European Christians, and in it the
fundamental things of the Christian life are very clearly set forth.
The words we have taken necessarily need their context for full
interpretation, but taken out in this way they help us to see, in
sharp outline, what it means to be a Christian. This is especially so
if they are read in connection with an earlier description, that in
which the Apostle spoke of their "work of faith, and labour of love,
and patience of hope" (1:3)
The first thing in Christian life is that of turning to God: that
is the "work of faith." The whole course of that life is that of
serving the living God: that is "the labour of love." The persistent
attitude of those who, thus turned to God, are serving Him, is that of
waiting for His Son: that is "the patience of hope." It follows that
here we have standards by which we may test ourselves constantly.
To turn back to idols, such for instance as "covetousness which is
idolatry," is to turn from God. To do that, is inevitably to slacken
in service; therefore slackness in service should ever give us serious
concern. To cease to wait for the Son is to lose the most powerful
inspiration to loyalty, and the most urgent reason for service. Notice
that the true expression of our having turned to God is that of our
serving Him; and so also is service the true way in which to wait for
the Son from heaven.
6. BIBLE STUDY OUTLINES
These Bible Study outlines come from the excellent book by F.E. Marsh,
"1,000 Bible Study Outlines".
BLIND MAN'S CONFESSION -- John ix.
To truly confess Christ is to stand with Him, and tell what one knows
experimentally. Mark the use of the personal pronoun "I."
1. The "I am" of personality -- v.9.
2. The "I went" of obedience -- 11.
3. The "I received" of blessing -- 11.
4. The "I know not" of ignorance -- 12.
5. The "I washed" of cleansing -- 15.
6. The "I know" of experience -- 25.
7. The "I see" of sight -- 25.
8. "I have told you" of emphasis -- 27.
9. The "I might" of desire -- 36.
10. "I believe" of faith -- 38.
BLINDNESS OF SINNERS
Naturally we are-
1. Blind to our condition before God -- Rom. iii. 11.
2. Blind to the beauty of Christ -- Isa. liii. 1.
3. Blind to the grace of God -- Rom. xi. 8.
4. Blind to the things of the Lord -- I Cor. ii. 9-14.
5. Blind to the presence of Christ -- Rev. iii. 18, 19.
6. Blind to the need of the new birth -- John iii. 3-7.
7. Blind to the evil around -- Eph. ii. 2, 3.
1. A Sacrificing Priest -- Rom. vi. 13; xii. 1. The words "yield" and
"present" are the same.
2. A Sacred Temple -- I Cor. vi. 19; iii. 16. Faith recognises what we
have in Christ, and makes it true in the experience by the Holy
3. A Possessed House -- I Cor. vi. 13, 15. The Lordship of Christ is
an essential truth which is sadly neglected.
4. A Preserved Saint -- I Thess. v. 23. The Lord expects us to be
blameless, and He can keep us so if we trust Him.
5. A Diligent Keeper -- I Cor. ix. 27. If the body has the uppermost
place, it will retard and injure the spiritual life.
6. An Obedient Slave -- I Cor. vi. 20. The believer, as a slave, is
responsible to recognise the Lord's claim, and to allow Him to have
absolute control of the entire being.
7. A Saved Believer -- Rom. viii. 23; Phil. iii. 20, 21. Believers are
waiting for their glorified bodies. When they have them their
salvation will be complete.
BODY OF FAITH
1. Eyes of faith, to see -- Heb. xi. i.
2. Ears of faith, to listen -- John v. 24.
3. Hands of faith, to grip -- John i. 12.
4. Feet of faith, to walk -- John x. 27.
5. Mind of faith, to think -- Phil. ii. 5.
6. Heart of faith, to love -- Rom. x. 9.
7. Taste of faith, to appreciate -- I Peter ii. 3.
1. Brought Out. "The Lord hath brought him out of prison" (Acts xii.
2. Brought Forth. "He brought Jesus forth" (John xix. 13).
3. Brought To. "He brought him to Jesus" (John i. 42).
4. Brought Up. "Brought again from the dead" (Heb. xiii. 20).
5. Brought Low. "Brought low for their iniquity" (Psa. cvi. 43).
6. Brought Near. "Brought thee near to Him" (Num. xvi. 10).
7. Brought Home. "The Lord hath brought me home" (Ruth i. 21).
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